May fulfills dream, will walk on

Big Red Report caught up with Matt May earlier in the year and it was conceivable then that he would end up getting some offers. He had options when it came to deciding where to go to school, for financial assistance, but May went the other way. Instead of taking a scholarship and signing an LOI, May is getting ready to be a Husker and will be walking on in the fall.

At 6-foot-1 and 185-pounds with 4.5 speed, Matt May is a heck of a specimen to bring in as a walk-on. The athlete from Imperial (Nebr.) Chase County will be a Husker this fall.

"Yep, I am walking on," May said. "I got a lot of other looks like from Omaha, Washburn and NW Missouri State and it's something that I always really wanted to do, didn't want to regret and never really wonder about it looking back."

As for so many, there is a chance to get financial help, but the dream does come with a price. A dream that, especially those from the small towns of Nebraska, get fueled at such an early age.

"I had the chance to take a scholarship, but I wanted to walk on at Nebraska. I think that growing up in a small town on Saturdays and that is what everyone does, they watch Nebraska."

"I think that's when the dream starts. You grow up idolizing it and you set your goals to one day be a part of it. I think that the growing up that way had a big part in it."

May played a little offense and a little defense this past fall. Nebraska is looking at him primarily as a defensive recruit and sees him a bit deeper off of the line of scrimmage than he has played before.

"Nebraska is looking at me to play safety in college. I played running back and a stack-back, middle linebacker which is a mixture between a linebacker and a safety."

With that change in scenery at the new position comes a need for more work. Work that will help him adjust and ultimately get ready to play at the division one level.

"I plan on working out a lot, working on footwork. I have been lifting a lot. I want to get bigger. I want to be prepared as well as I can be for big-time, division one ball."

May helped lead Chase County to an undefeated regular season and saw his team go to the quarter finals of the playoffs. He had a great year on offense and defense.

"Alright, I guess. We lost in the quarter-finals by a point. We went 10-1. We were undefeated in the regular season and that is only the third time that's happened in school history."

"I had 1,500 rushing yards and 24 or 25 touchdowns. I am not sure how many tackles I had. I had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries."

"I was second team all-state for all classes, all-state in C-1 on defense, all-district, all-Huskerland Prep. All of those honors were on defense. Last year all my honors were on offense."


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